Posted: June 5th, 2013 | Author: Rod Sherkin | Filed under: Steel | Tags: meps, steel, steel output, steel price, steel production, steel supply | No Comments »
Steel prices across the globe continued trending downwards in May. Selling figures declined in twenty four of the twenty eight nations in which MEPS conducts research. In the remaining four countries, transaction values were stable.
Excess steel supply and poor demand are expected to continue to exert negative pressure on prices in the short term. Moreover, input expenditure is likely to remain at a low level in the immediate future.
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Posted: May 21st, 2013 | Author: Pascal Blanc | Filed under: Commodities, Gold, Metals, Precious metals, Silver | Tags: Gold, gold future, gold price, silver, silver future, silver price | No Comments »
Gold and silver futures got off to another rocky start to begin the trading week. Silver fell as low as $20.84 a troy ounce, the lowest since September 2010, later rebounding to close 3 per cent higher at $22.91 in New York trading.
The price of silver was the standout mover in financial markets Monday as it took a hammering for the second trading session in a row, even as stocks remained relatively solid amid hopes over the U.S. economy. Silver’s stumble also brought down the price of gold; the yellow metal hit a one-month low of $1,338.10 an ounce and extended its slump for an eighth straight day. Gold has fallen more than 7% in May.
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Posted: May 18th, 2013 | Author: Pascal Blanc | Filed under: Commodities, Copper, Metals | Tags: Copper, copper demand, copper future, copper price, metal, metal future | No Comments »
Copper is currently on the rebound, on the back of its third bearish cycle from February to April. Shanghai Cifco Futures Co. expects prices to climb until the end of June before pulling back to $6,037.50 per tonne by September.
Copper prices are up slightly in London, after inventories dropped to a seven-month low in China, the world’s biggest consumer of industrial metal, while U.S. consumer confidence rose to the highest since 2007. Three-month copper climbed 1.1 percent on Thursday to sit at $7,279 per tonne. Copper was seeing resistance at the $7.240 per tonne, but the day’s climb seems to have broken that barrier. Over in New York, copper futures were behaving much the same. Copper for July was up 0.9 percent at $3.2945 a pound.
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Posted: May 17th, 2013 | Author: Rod Sherkin | Filed under: China, Steel | Tags: iron ore, iron ore china, iron ore price, iron ore stock, rebar, rebar price | No Comments »
Steel reinforcement-bar futures headed for a weekly loss as the price of iron ore, the main ingredient in steelmaking, fell to the lowest in five months. Rebar for delivery in October on the Shanghai Futures Exchange fell as much as 0.6 percent to 3,529 ($575) a metric ton and was at 3,531 at 10:15 a.m. local time.
Futures have declined 3 percent this week, the most since the week ended April 19.
Ore with 62 percent iron content at the port of Tianjin fell 1.1 percent to $125 a dry ton yesterday, according to The Steel Index Ltd. “The view that iron ore prices will continue to decline is becoming more convincing, which leads to expectations for lower steel-products prices in the second half of 2013,” Zhang Lei, analyst at Nanhua Futures Co., said by phone from Shenyang today.
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Posted: May 16th, 2013 | Author: Rod Sherkin | Filed under: China, Steel | Tags: china steel, steel, steel glut, steel output, steel price, steel production | No Comments »
A surge in Chinese steel production and a flood of exports are pressuring world-wide steel prices despite Beijing’s efforts to rein in the steel industry, in the latest example of the global impact of China‘s massive industrial overcapacity.
Global steel prices have fallen 3.5% since February to an average of $710 a ton, according to MEPS steel consultancy. While China hasn’t been shipping much more directly to the U.S., much of its material is destined for the world’s largest economy via trans-shipments through Japan, South Korea, Singapore or Malaysia.
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Posted: May 14th, 2013 | Author: Pascal Blanc | Filed under: Commodities, Gold, Metals, Precious metals | Tags: Gold, gold consumption, gold future, gold price, gold reserve | 1 Comment »
Gold futures for June delivery dropped 0.3 percent to $1,432.60 an ounce at 10:46 a.m. on the Comex in New York. The price headed for the third straight decline, the longest slump since April 4. Through May 10, the metal dropped 14 percent this year.
Leading wealth managers have been switching out of commodities since the start of the year in favour of equities and bonds as they look for yield, a trend which accelerated in April with a major sell-off across the commodities field, led by a collapse in the gold price.
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Posted: May 10th, 2013 | Author: Rod Sherkin | Filed under: China, Steel | Tags: china, china steel, china steel price, steel price | No Comments »
Baosteel, the nation’s largest listed steelmaker has cut the prices of its main steel products by about three percent for the first time in the nine months, Shanghai Securities News reported.
According to the factory policy for June bookings issued by Baosteel on Thursday, hot rolled steel plate is down 180 yuan ($29) per ton, while the price of cold rolled steel plate is down 150 yuan per ton, and the prices of most mid-thick products have been decreased by 200 yuan per ton. The price of mid-thick boat deck, however, stays the same.
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Posted: May 10th, 2013 | Author: Rod Sherkin | Filed under: China, Metals, Stainless Steel | Tags: metal, metal index, metal price, nickel, nickel price | No Comments »
The Stainless MMI® took a rather large blow in May, falling 6 points from 91 to 85, primarily on the back of falling nickel prices, falling 304 prices in China as well as 304 China scrap prices.
A nickel glut has forced down the price by nearly about 50 percent since 2011, according to a recent Reuters report.
via Historical Nickel Price Tumbling, Takes Monthly Stainless Index Down | MetalMiner
Posted: May 4th, 2013 | Author: Rod Sherkin | Filed under: China, Gem, Metals, Steel | Tags: china, metal, steel | No Comments »
By rights, many companies should have closed. Instead, they march on like zombies, China’s industrial undead.
China simply makes too much steel. The government estimates that China’s annual production is about 100 million tonnes more than it should be, a figure equal to the whole annual output of the industry in the United States.
Worse, China has far too many steel companies, more than 700 at last count. Add in iron companies and companies that roll or otherwise shape steel, and the total comes to more than 7,000. Despite repeated government attempts to force them to consolidate into fewer, bigger companies, most of them are still small and inefficient.
via China’s runaway steel train on Propurchaser.
Posted: April 29th, 2013 | Author: Rod Sherkin | Filed under: Steel | Tags: steel, steel glut, steel price, steel supply | No Comments »
Steel prices have slumped this month, setting off a scramble among steelmakers to maintain prices and market share despite a nationwide glut.
In a bid to maintain market share in the lukewarm economy, steel mills have been increasingly offering 5% to 8% discounts on index-linked contracts since the financial crisis. “Everybody’s been undercutting in the market because there’s way too much steel,” says Charles Bradford, an analyst with Bradford Research Inc. They’re also offering price rebates and waiving some extra fees on higher-grade products, according to buyers and traders.
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